Financing for the Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond Initiative (FFDI)

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, together with the International Labour Organization under the aegis of the Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond Initiative (FfDI), will convene a Meeting of Heads of State and Government on Jobs and Social Protection for Poverty Eradication. It will be held virtually on September 28, from 9.00am to 12.00 p.m.

The high-level meeting is intended to identify concrete actions and recommendations to initiate a cycle of job-rich growth and expand social protection systems to facilitate a just transition and eradicate poverty, creating co-benefits for people and planet in the process.

The High-Level event will include an opening segment followed by a policy discussion to frame the ambitions needed for a socio-economic recovery to advance decent job creation, social protection and poverty eradication. The discussion will look into macro-economic policies to finance green jobs and social protection and at how to create an enabling environment to ensure that financing reaches the most vulnerable, promoting environmentally sustainable enterprises and formalisation. It will also discuss the role of the private sector in creating decent jobs, facilitating the green transition and strengthening social protection for poverty eradication.

In order to achieve a human centered recovery, commitments are required from global leaders. The meeting will convene Heads of State and who will be invited to express commitments through a Call to Action with the aim of promoting policy coherence. Leaders from the private sector, trade unions, and academia will be invited to participate.

Additional details will be communicated in due course.

Confirmed Speakers Include

Opening Panel

  • Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica

Setting the Scene:

  • Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization

Panel 1: Macro-economic policies to finance green jobs and social protection

  • Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Mr. Mathias Cormann, Secretary-General of the OECD
  • Mr. Akimwumi A. Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
  • Mr. Muhammed Al-Jasser, President of the Islamic Development Bank
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • Ms. Mafalda Duarte, CEO of the Climate Investment Funds

Panel 2: High-Level Panel with Heads of State and Government

  • H.E. Mr. Alexander de Croo, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Belgium, co-chair, Group of Friends of Decent Work
  • H.E. Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of the Republic of Costa Rica
  • H.E. Mr. Guillermo Lasso, Constitutional President of the Republic of Ecuador
  • H.E. Mr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister of Egypt
  • H.E. Mr. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines
  • H.E. Mr. Abul Kalam Abdul Momen, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
  • H.E. Ms. Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner of International Partnerships

Panel 3: Mobilizing Public and Private Investments for an Inclusive and Green Recovery

  • Ms. Sharan Burrow, General-Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Ms. Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director, World Economic Forum
  • Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Ms. Michelle Parmalee, Deloitte Global Deputy CEO and Chief People & Purpose Officer, and President of the International Organization of Employers (IOE)
  • Ms. Tasneem Essop, Executive Director, Climate Action Network International (South Africa)
  • Ms. Naila Kabeer, Professor of Gender and Development at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA)
  • Mr. Rémy Rioux, Director General of the French Development Agency

High-Level Events

Roundtable Events

  1 July 2020

Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development

  3 September 2020

Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development

  2 November 2020

Civil Society Meeting

  24 November 2020

Rebirthing the Global Economy to Deliver Sustainable Development

Discussion Groups

Each Discussion Group was co-led by Member States and supported by the United Nations. Membership included Member States, represented by Ministries of Finance, as well as more than 50 institutional partners – international financial institutions, international organizations, private sector and civil society representatives, think tanks and academic institutions.

The Groups received further logistical, technical and substantive support from 20 specialized UN entities, funds and programmes, and received regular input from United Nations Country Teams. Group co-leads met on several occasions to enhance coordination and coherence across the outcomes of different Groups. Over 50 of the world’s top experts in their fields were also invited to infuse scientific accuracy and cutting-edge research into the outcomes.